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State Shares Program

One-third of the Fund’s net earnings are paid to member states each year in proportion to their share of the corporation’s endowment. These funds are used to support local projects that match opportunities identified by each state. Since its inception, the Fund has provided $55 million to its member states to be used for their unique priorities. 

Specific information on funding priorities, application procedures, and funding levels can be obtained from the coordinator of each state’s program. 


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Bureau of Water Sanjay Sofat Tel: 217.782.1654


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes Emily Finnell Tel: 517.284.5036 


Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Becca Nash Tel: 651.296.6264

New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Don Zelazny Tel: 716.851.7130


Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Water Resources & Lake Erie Programs Joy Mulinex Tel: 614.644.2041


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Office of the Great Lakes Timothy J. Bruno Tel: 814.835.1477


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of the Great Lakes Stephen Galarneau Tel: 608.266.1956